7th Army Symphony: Old Photo Gallery

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1959 - 1961

Courtesy of Ted Hughart, Bass
The Foodimobile   - A crashbox VW from the very early 1950's (photo & tale)

Courtesy of Mike Yoksh, Typewriter
Formal Orchestra Portrait   - Probably taken about 1960

Courtesy of Bob Johnson, Horn
One of the two Chamber Groups in 1961
1955 - 1960

Courtesy of Carol Bernhardt
Donald Bernhardt & Friends

Courtesy of Harold Britten, Bassoon
People from 1955-56

Courtesy of Marcel Demiranda, Horn
Bay Parties   - Troops, Conductors, Food, Beer! (several photos)

Post Beautification   - at Patch, circa 1959

Service Days & Later   - Some faces from the old days; some from after service.

Kaput Mercedes   - At time of this photo, it was not running. A "community" purchase.
Proper Inspection Form   - Shown by Aubrey Facenda (Horn), prior to mustering out, 1960-c.

Courtesy of Arno Drucker, Piano
Images from 1957 - 1958

Courtesy of David Furholmen, 'Cello
Scenes from 1956-58   - Street scene, bus crash, string players, orchestra in Baden Baden

Courtesy of Alan Goldman, Horn
Various people from 1957-58

Courtesy of Arthur Grossman, Bassoon
Members of 7th Army Wind Quintet, 1958   - Arthur Grossman, William McColl, Henry Schuman, Howard Hillyer

Courtesy of Fred Gruenebaum, Oboe
Adventures from 1955 - 58

Courtesy of Jim Hildinger, Violin
Various photos from 1957

Courtesy of Don Hancock, Violin
Emergency Landing in France   - an unexpected stop in Lyon.

Various people from 1956 - 59 -- Ling Tung, Robert Bloch, et al

The Orchestra plays the World's Fair   - Edward Lee Alley, Cond., Brussels, 1958.
The Orchestra in the Villa Berg studios, Stuttgart   - John Canarina, Conductor, Fall 1959.

Courtesy of Jules M. Hirsh, Bass
7ASO Program   - An orchestra program from January, 1959

Courtesy of Homer Holloway, Violin
Formal Portrait   - U.S. Army Photo

Courtesy of R. A. Jones, 'Cello
Alte Kameraden   - Sheridon Stokes (Flute) & Robert A. Jones ('Cello) - California 11/26/03

Courtesy of Stu Krams, Bass
Arrival in Athens, October 1956 .   - Henry Lewis, Conductor (in sunglasses)

Courtesy of William Love, Oboe

Photos from 1956 - 1959 (Bill's photos now on 2 pages)
  Page 1

  Page 2

Courtesy of Barry McDaniel, Voice & Percussion
Stuttgart Dance

Courtesy of Bill Merrell, Tuba

Conductor Audition   - in the Sylvan Theater at Patch Barracks

Murals in the Day Room?

Groundskeeping   - Spring, 1959 (photos & text).

Misc. Photos - 7ASO musicians in rehearsal

Zum Sonneneck   - a Vaihingen landmark.
Woodwind Quintet   - formal portrait.
Bill Merrell and Friends   - under the barrels (l. to r.) are Aubrey Facenda and Jim Shoush, immortalized by a Berlin (?) street photographer.
Nancy, France   - or on the way there. 7ASO guy may be Dick Kimball. We tried to make out at every opportunity. The girl was rather pretty. The old Frenchman was a dubious "bonus." Note the wool socks for sale!
World's Fair   - a view familiar to the orchestra members who played there in 1958

Courtesy of Mel Ponzi, Bass
Photos from 1956 - 1958

The Orchestra in the Liederhalle , 1956

Courtesy of Myron Rosenblum, Viola
Portraits from 1957-58

More People from 1957-58 - (color photos)

Somewhere in Germany   - John Sant'Ambrogio (Cello) - Myron Rosenblum
The Italian Contingent   - (Partial)
Newspaper Article   - about Brooklynites in the 7ASO - 1957 Brooklyn Eagle
Orchestra Poster   - Passau Festival, (from 1957)
Formal Photo   - The 1958 Orchestra in Dress Blues, Edward Lee Alley, Cond.
The Orchestra Set-Up   - At the Liederhalle, Stuttgart, (57-58).
Guest Conductor   - Antal Dorati rehearses for 1957 concert.

Courtesy of Ramon L. Scavelli, Viola
Ramon on the firing line   - July, 1959. That year the orchestra was ordered to go out on the rifle range and qualify with carbines. Luckily, we were our own score keepers and we qualified as one of the top companies at Patch Barracks. We all received Sharpshooter and Expert medals to the amazement of the Patch Brass.

Courtesy of James Shoush, Horn
Photos from 1958 - 59

Courtesy of Dan Thomason, Viola
Wedding at Patch   - Dan and Anita

The Facendamobil   - another distinctive vehicle

Chamber Music at Patch   - Quartet Rehearsal

Various Snapshots   - a few 7ASO faces.

Christmas Celebration The Stuttgart Orphan Children's Home.
7ASO guys brought each child a gift. Percy "Tom" Fenn III (Viola), Dan Thomason.
Wurst und Bier   - Dan tries out the Nürnberg version (es schmeckt gut!)
Dan's Apartment at Patch   - All 7ASO members will recognize this for what it is.

Courtesy of Fred Ward, (Flute/Piccolo)
Lt. Ben Hord , Maastricht, Holland, 1958
Edward Lee Alley , a publicity photo from April-May 1958

Courtesy of Various Members

Several images, 1955 - 60

Courtesy of Stephen Clark, sent in by Andi Gooch

Images from 1955 and 1956

1952 - 1955

Courtesy of several 7ASO members

The NATO Tour   - Feb. through May, 1955. We believed it would never happen, but it did - France, Italy, England,
   Scotland, Northern Ireland, & Wales. These photos are from Italy and Ireland.

More NATO Tour photos

Brass Section  1955 - Trumpets & entire section.

The famous 7ASO Bears   - Forward & Onward (several photos)

Ondrick Wedding
The late Bill Ondrick and his wife Shirley coming out of the town hall
   in Villingen just after their wedding on October 22, 1955. Photo courtesy of Bill's son David:

Slide Prints   - by Jerry Pollack.

Patch Barracks   - 1955 and 1938.

Stuttgart Scenes   1955 and recent   photos by Chris Earnest

The Orchestra of 1954 - 55.   - photos from several members

1954 - 55 - several photos by William Miller

Various People   - From the days of the "old, old" orchestra.

More People   - This is a new page to accomodate more photos from this time.

The Old Brewery   - A landmark that is no longer the same.

The Passau Festival of 1954 - including the KPD.

1954 or earlier - several photos.

1953 - 54 - several photos by Ed Retzler

Photos from 1953 - 54 and later by John Leite

Photos from the old days by Kenneth DeRosier

More Photos from the old days by Kenneth DeRosier (all Ken's pix now on 2 pages)

The 1952 Orchestra   - photos by Jack Monchecourt.

Photos from 1952 - 1955 by Bob Wills

Photos from 1952 by Glenn and Lyle Hanna.

Newspaper article reporting on the orchestra's first year, in 1952